J-Pop Star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu To Release New Album
Japanese pop sensation and Harajuku icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be releasing her third album, Pika Pika Fantajin in the U.S. on July 29 via Warner Music Group. Produced by Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule) and available for pre-order on Amazon, the new album is the follow-up to 2012's Nanda Collection, which garnered praise from fellow global pop-stars Katy Perry and Ariana Grande, as well as media attention from Pitchfork, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The FADER, MTV Iggy, Vice, and The Los Angeles Times. Known for elaborate visual spectacles, and with over 2.2 Billion Total music video viewsunder her belt, Kyary recently debuted the video for her upcoming album's lead single, "Kira Kira Killer," which is available for purchase on iTunes. Watch the mesmerizing video HERE.
Following her recent victory over Beyonce and Daft Punk for "Best Album of the Year" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Japan, Kyary's also nominated for FOUR World Music Awards including "World's Best Female Artist," "World's Best Live Act," "World's Best Entertainer of the Year," and "World's Best Album." She has previously been awarded VOGUE Japan's "Woman of the Year."
Pika Pika means shiny, glossy, and lustrous. Fantajin is a very Kyary-like coined word of "fantasy" + "people." Just as the title, the album cover (pictured above) describes one of Kyary's interpretations of the world of fantasy. Concert DVDs will come with the limited editions and feature documentary of her on-going world tour, "NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014," which will be making a special stop in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 20.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu explains, "This album is a kawaii album full of shine and sparkle. It includes many newly recorded tracks, so I think a lot of people can enjoy the album with their minds open. I turned 21 this year so I will be more than happy if you could see me grown up a little?? The booklet comes with the limited editions. Well, please check out my new album filled with my version of fantasy!"